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  • Any Black Sheep?

    May 4

    What does ‘Black Sheep’ mean? It is basically an expression used to describe a person who is a bit odd, naughty, scandalous, within a family. Just like in a herd of white sheep, that one black or off-color sheep stands out from the herd. So really a person classified as a ‘black sheep’ in the family does not have to mean they were evil or a...


  • Historical Photos – The Times of Your Ancestors

    May 2

    The essence of photos is that they help capture a moment in time. That piece of an event, a person, a location is forever 'frozen' in time with just a photograph. Before the wide-spread use of photos in the 1860s, there were some daguerreotypes, but for the most part those historical moments were expressed by illustrations, artwork and drawings. ...


  • Remember Your Maine Ancestors

    Apr 30

    If you find you have ancestors from the New England region; Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut or Rhode Island, it is beneficial to examine any neighboring states within the New England area. This is especially true if there were any Canadian ancestors. Many over the years left Canada and resettled in Maine, Vermont or New Ha...


  • Learning about Welsh Ancestors

    Apr 28

    Anyone who has ancestors from the United Kingdom just may have an ancestor from Wales. This country is part of the United Kingdom and on the island of Great Britain. Bordering Wales is England, the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. With a present population of approximately three million, its ethnic make-up is Celtic with its own distinctive cultur...


  • Message Boards at Rootsweb

    Apr 26

    Due to the wide-spread use of the Internet and the access people around the globe have to computers the use of 'Message Boards' like that are found on Rootsweb are marvelous references for locating data, records and hints to other sources previously unknown. Not just for certain ancestors is the message board useful, but for surnames and other cat...


  • Vital Records of Shelby, Tennessee

    Apr 24

    In Shelby County, Tennessee there are cities of Memphis, Germantown, Collerville, Lakeland, Arlington, Bartlett and Millington and many others in-between. All the locations have had families reside within the county for decades. The county has placed online many of its vital records. They include birth records 1874 to 1906, marriage records (inc...


  • Akron, Ohio – Relatives from 1859 to 1969

    Apr 22

    [gallery] One of the very best primary sources of information on an ancestor can be located in a city directory of the ancestor's hometown. Many public libraries carry the local city directories, some of which date back to the 1800s. Historical societies in communities might have microfilmed copies of old city directories or even in digital form...


  • Any Ancestors Who Were Prisoners? Part Two

    Apr 20

    To assist in finding an elusive ancestor the following is a listing of some states with the prisoner information online. Checking out some names just might answer some questions. Michigan The prisoners in the state prisons in Michigan from 1847 to 1885 who were sentenced to life. Their name and the county where the crime was committed is provi...


  • Any Ancestors Who Were Prisoners?

    Apr 18

    You may have some trouble locating a certain ancestors. You have located their siblings, maybe even their wife and children. One possibility for this elusive relative is that they might be serving prison time. The crime could have been house breaking, stealing a horse, robbery or murder. Some of the states have online a listing of their state pe...


  • Photos and Prints at the Library of Congress

    Apr 16

    The main element that every family historian looks to have in the family genealogy project is photos of ancestors. Next would be images of the family home or farm and then a family business and next the hometown. Each image allows the researcher to step back in time to better understand and appreciate their ancestor's life and the historical events...


  • Was Your Ancestor in the Poorhouse?

    Apr 14

    As the family historian you have attempted to follow the course of numerous ancestors' lives using census, birth, marriage and death records. You have when and where a certain person was born and may even be able to track them for years. Then a major roadblock, you do not find them in the family home or town, it is as if they disappeared. No record...


  • Acts of Kindness to Help in Research

    Apr 12

    Everyone could use a little help from some friends and that is the basis of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK). This site is networking of fellow family history researchers in locations not only across the United States and Canada, but in numerous other places around the globe. When investigating about our ancestors, they may have live...


  • Finding Births-Marriages-Deaths in West Virginia

    Apr 10

    The state of West Virginia was once part of the state of Virginia. It broke away from the Confederate State of Virginia and was admitted as a new federal state in June 1863. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has placed online some of their vital records. The Archives of West Virginia have made accessible information concerning birth...


  • Colonial American and 19th Century Terms

    Apr 8

    The very best sources for a family historian are the primary vital documents; such things as Wills, deeds, journals, letters, certificates and ledgers. Where a problem could arise is in transcribing and interpreting such writings that date back to the 19th century or even into the period of Colonial America. The English language written and spok...


  • Looking for Canadian Ancestors

    Apr 6

    For those researchers doing family history it is very possible there are some relatives who lived in Canada at some time. This is especially true of ancestors with an English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish background. Many Americans have crossed the northern U. S. border to settle for a few years or permanently in Canada. During the two World Wars th...


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